one heart at a time
A long line of prayer intercessors over the city
Wisdom of Old "Soles"
Walking God’s path together with the next generations
Walking God’s Path Together (John 3:17)
Wisdom of Old “Soles” is a ministry that uses the same technology to bring people to Jesus that Satan uses to pull them away from Him. The purpose is to mentor, develop, and provide GenZ Christ-followers (1995-2012) tools to become disciple-makers so they will create disciple-making communities of believers.
I usually find myself having to explain why we spell our name “soles”—the bottom of our shoes—instead of “souls.” For the record, it is a play on words to highlight both the fact that I am forever dressed in my Converse Chucks and the fact that our ministry tagline is “walking God’s path together.” If you still don’t get it, just think about it.
This time in the title I enclosed “Wisdom” not “Soles” in quotation marks, not as an intentional misspelling, but to highlight the fact that as we are walking God’s path together, we are not meandering aimlessly. We are hacking through jungles and picking through brambles while trying to avoid life’s many potholes and pitfalls, wisely charting our way. Being a Christian is not a proverbial stroll through the park but a spiritual warfare survival course where the enemy uses live ammunition. That life course takes wisdom and a lot of it.
We are called to do what has never been done before. We don’t even have a vocabulary or common set of terms to describe it. Sooner or later, I am sure we will look back with the confidence that only the future brings, but we move along through the fog of faith for now.
We are on sure historical footing to know what it means to be the church, but we walk in a fog of new forms and structures rolling in. They look like a return to the organic, decentralized forms of the early New Testament church. But they are uniquely shaped by globalism—characterized by interconnected relationships defined by technology that realigns every aspect of our lives from how we communicate to how we build and maintain friendships, how we buy and sell goods and services, to how we shape culture.
I have been in prayer for months about these matters. To say we live in uncertain and turbulent times would be as blatantly obvious as Jeremiah saying there are Babylonians at the doorsteps. My purpose is, therefore, not to restate the obvious and further frighten the faithful. Instead, at this moment, I want to whisper a reminder of something I believe most of us in Charlotte Awake heard years ago as we were praying.
Charlotte Awake was born in the early 2000s from a prayer burden given to its founders— people like Mary Lance and Bob Sisk—and many of you reading this letter. Forgive me for not mentioning you all by name, but permit me to acknowledge a heartfelt debt of gratitude for your years of faithful intercession for God’s kingdom and our city. I do not have everyone’s addresses or emails, so please forward this letter to anyone you feel needs to read it.
In the early 2000s, the prayer mothers and fathers of Charlotte birthed “Charlotte Awake.” They did so because of a keenly felt need for revival in the church and spiritual awakening in the community and culture.
No one knew the details beyond that, but by faith, “Charlotte Awake” became an umbrella for believers with the same vision and calling for God’s church. This open group has always been diverse, brought together by the Holy Spirit, trusting God for His kingdom and His will as we near Jesus’ return.
Charlotte Awake remains a movement where people feel called to pray. Originally stewarded by Bob and Mary Lance Sisk, Dr. Bob Lowman, Bishop Larry Jackson, and others, in 2014, Dr. David Ingrassia became the movement’s current steward—one always headed by the Lord Jesus.
We are followers of Jesus, anointed and called. Since 2014, a Board of Elders oversees Charlotte Awake’s staff and ministry operations. The prayer movement remains as it was, an open and diverse calling of all who are anointed by God’s Spirit to pray for church awakening in Charlotte and beyond.
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